(CNN) - What does President Barack Obama ask when he meets another native of Hawaii?
About their birth certificate.
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While campaigning in Florida on Saturday, the president stopped in at Gator Dockside, a Florida sports bar that boasts 19 big-screen televisions and 15 chicken-wing sauces. After grabbing a beer, shaking hands, and leading a chorus in singing “Happy Birthday,” Obama met someone from his home state.
"My young son," a woman said to the president, pointing across the table and conferring further with Obama.
"He's a Hawaiian!" Obama exclaimed, looking up to face Andre Wupperman, who now lives in Orlando and will turn 7 next week, according to pool reporters.
"Do you know how to do a shaka?" he asked, making the Hawaiian gesture with his thumb and pinky finger.
"You were born in Hawaii?" he asked the child next, then pointed at him. "Do you have a birth certificate?"
Behind Obama's grin and laughs from those nearby lie the conspiracy theories of some conservative Republicans, who maintain that Obama was not born in the United States, and is therefore not eligible to be president.
He released a certification of live birth during the 2008 campaign, and in the spring of 2011, released his long-form birth certificate. Both show that he was born in a Hawaii hospital on August 4, 1961. Contemporaneously published newspaper announcements also noted the birth in the Aloha State. Only "natural born" citizens of the United States are eligible to be president.
Among the highest-profile "birthers," as they are known, are Donald Trump and Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Arpaio, the top law enforcement officer in Maricopa County, Arizona, earlier this year held a press conference to announce findings of an investigation he led into documents.
Trump, who has endorsed and fund-raised for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, threw a wrench into the Republican candidate's messaging this summer with tweets and comments, including on CNN's "The Situation Room," skeptical of Obama's birthplace.
And Romney himself raised the issue two weeks ago. At a rally in his home state of Michigan, Romney made what he later claimed was a joke about his own birth certificate.
"Ann was born at Henry Ford hospital, I was born at Harper hospital," he said. "No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised."
In an interview later that day, Romney said, "This was fun about us and coming home, and humor - you know, we've got to have a little humor in the campaign as well."
Humor needs a punch line.
And Saturday in Florida, Obama was laughing.
I'm a egg with DNA by Rebel Hackers. I was inserted unknowingly into a surrogate mother. Is my birth certificate valid?
Is Obama making the "hang loose" hand sign? Maybe the first time in recorded history that a President did that?
Mr President got grate sense of humor.All the republican thinks Obama and all the peoplefrom Hawaii was born out side of united state even they have birth certificate.
Romney is a punch line.
Please shut your mouth! You kept me in traffic today for an hour! How can you claim not to be a socialist when ALL of your influences have been socialists?? Some of us aren't stupid Mr. President! I was stupid enough to vote for you once...I won't be making that mistake again!! I hear that Kenya needs a leader?? You wouldn't even do well with that train wreck!!
Why doesn't someone look at the 1960 and 1970 census records.....I'm sure this will clarify this non issue
Is this an editorial?
I'm sure all the people who hissed and moaned about Romney joking about it will think Obama's joke was nothing short of brilliant.
Pres. Obama has humor & self-confidence enough to joke about his rival's attacks on him. You just gotta love this man, our President Obama.
"Humor needs a punch line. .....And Saturday in Florida, Obama was laughing. "
He seems to be the punchline of a bad joke. He was probably laughing to draw attention away from his fouls of past and the all of the exectuive decisions he has put into law that even his own Dem supporters do not even know about.
-Now your going to say I am a Rep... and you'll be so wrong. Welcome to " Change'. That Change is Debt and loss of Citizen rights. The good thing to remember is, before you vote this year, think about you payng a bill that is not yours to begin with. Think about a government official( and his family) who will not be on the same helath plan as everyother citizen. True Leaders lead by example. The only example I am left with is the sinking feelingin my stomach and the embarrassment saying, yes, I voted for him in 08. But Romeny is no better- but now I have to choose from the lesser of the 2 evils in Nov..... will thre be a 3rd canidate we can trust less than these 2?( Mickey Mouse?)
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a 50 year top law enforcement official! Look at the facts, evidence, and truths! Oh, I forgot, the media tells us what to believe!
Am I first?
Was he drunk?
Honestly, ...President Obama is great!
Yes Mitt – you always need a punch line or lead-in when attempting humor. Otherwise, it's a vain attempt at being personable which doesn't work well for you either.
Yes Mitt, a punch line is the essence of a good joke. Any attempt at appearing personable or "common" when trying to connect with the middle class doesn't behoove you either.
Well I think what ever peoples choice hope will be right one for us all God bless America.
The fact that a republican even argued the issue or continue to argue it is a shame and marks why they don't have my vote. Argue the real issues not this petty mess then I might vote for your party.
lol hahahah obama is the boss! he knows how to pull a joke XD
lol obama is the boss when it comes to know how to pull off a good joke. hince why all the republicans hate him XD
Typical Obama: Do as I say, not as I do.
figures....Romney makes a joke he gets reviled for it... Obama makes a similar joke he gets praised...regardless that he is at the center of it if he had such issues with romney doing it he shouldnt be doing it either..
This will drive the right-wingers guano loco!